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2013 Monologues Unit 4. AREA OF STUDY 1: Monologue Interpretation(50%) OUTCOME 1 This area of study focuses on the interpretation of a monologue from a playscript selected from the monologue list. This area of study requires you to:

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2013 monologues unit 4

2013 MonologuesUnit 4

AREA OF STUDY 1: Monologue Interpretation(50%)

OUTCOME 1

This area of study focuses on the interpretation of a monologue from a playscript selected from the monologue list.

This area of study requires you to:

Select a monologue from the prescribed monologue list.

Create an interpretation of your selected monologue by developing a monologue performance. You will, of course, apply the stagecraft of acting to create your performance.


Area of study 2 scene interpretation

Area of study 2: Scene Interpretation

OUTCOME 2

  • Students outline an interpretation of the scene focusing on the ways in which the scene could be approached as a theatrical performance, including its place within the playscript, its specific structure, its character/s, its themes, images and ideas, its theatrical possibilities, its theatrical style/s and the ways in which stagecraft could be employed to convey its intended meaning/s. Students also study the scene in relation to the historical, cultural and social contexts of the playscript and influences on the playwright. In their theatrical brief, they also demonstrate an understanding of the creation of character by an actor, possible application of other stagecraft, research that helps to inform an interpretation and decisions made.

    This area of study requires you to:

  • Develop a theatrical brief that presents an interpretation of a scene


2013 monologues 1

2013 Monologues1

  • Play: King Oedipus

  • Playwright: Sophocles

  • Character: CHORUS

  • Gender: Neutral (male or female)

    Serves the expository function of a chorus

  • Implied Style: Ancient Greek Tragedy

  • Setting (TIME): Ancient Greece (around the time of

  • Thebes civil war)

  • Setting (PLACE): In and around the palace at Thebes

  • Themes: The unwritten law of fate, the limits of free will, power and determination, the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom, willingness to ignore the truth


2013 monologues 2

2013 Monologues2

  • Play: The Skin of Our Teeth

  • Playwright: Thornton Wilder

  • Character: SABINA (Miss Somerset)

  • Gender: Female

    The maid of the Antrobus family

  • Style: Non-naturalism / Epic Theatre

  • Setting (TIME):

  • Setting (PLACE): in the fictional town of Excelsiur, New Jersey. The Ice Age / Great Flood / War

  • Themes: The life of mankind, human character vs human need, history repeats itself, art enhances humanity


2013 monologues 3

2013 Monologues3

  • Play: Woza Albert

  • Playwright: Percy Mtwa, MbongenieNgema, Barney Simon

  • Character: MBONGENI

  • Gender: Male

  • Style: Political Satire

  • Setting (TIME) Present day

  • Setting (PLACE) South Africa

  • Themes: The second Coming of Jesus,Resisting religious oppression, the concepts of freedom, police brutality and political imprisonment


2013 monologues 4

2013 Monologues4

  • Play: Songs For Nobodies

  • Playwright: Joanna Murray-Smith

  • Character: BEATRICE ETHEL APPLETON

  • Gender: Female

    A“nobody” who recounts an intimate tale of how her life was transformed by an encounter with a singing icon.

  • Style:

  • Setting (TIME)

  • Setting (PLACE)

  • Themes:


2013 monologues 5

2013 Monologues5

  • Play: Babes in The Woods

  • Playwright: Tom Wright

  • Character: AUNTY AVARICIA

  • Gender: Neutral (The monologue is contained in a play-within-a-play. In the play-within-a-play, the character of Aunty Avaricia can be interpreted as if played by a male or female actor.)

  • Style: Pseudo-Colonial pantomime

  • Setting (TIME):

  • Setting (PLACE): lost in the Australian Bush

  • Themes: Australian social history, criticism of government, history and treatment of asylum seekers


2013 monologues 6

2013 Monologues6

  • Play: The Glass Menagerie

  • Playwright: Tenessee Williams

  • Character: JIM

  • Gender: Male

  • Implied Style: Expressionism

  • Setting (TIME):  Tom, from an indefinite point in the future, remembers the winter and spring of 1937.

  • Setting (PLACE): An apartment in St Louis, America. Jim is a potential suitor to Laura, daughter of Amanda

  • Themes: Freedom and confinement, impossibility of true escape, duty and responsibility, accepting reality, the power of memory, abandonment


2013 monologues 7

2013 Monologues7

  • Play: The Glass Menagerie

  • Playwright: Tenessee Williams

  • Character: AMANDA

  • Gender: Female

  • Implied Style: Expressionism

  • Setting (TIME):  Tom, from an indefinite point in the future, remembers the winter and spring of 1937.

  • Setting (PLACE): An apartment in St. Louis, America. Mother who is trying to find her daughter Laura a suitor

  • Themes: Freedom and confinement, impossibility of true escape, duty and responsibility, accepting reality, the power of memory, abandonment


2013 monologues 8

2013 Monologues8

  • Play: Lloyd Beckmann, Beekeeper

  • Playwright: Tim Stitz and Kelly Somes

  • Character: LLOYD

  • Gender: Male

  • Implied Style: Solo Non-Naturalism performance

  • Setting (TIME): Stitz in the present day summons up past stories of his grandfather

  • Setting (PLACE): present day looking back on Depression-era Queensland, Australia

  • Themes: Memory and forgetting, family history, inheritance, the ripening of age and inevitability of death


2013 monologues 9

2013 Monologues9

  • Play: The Entertainer

  • Playwright: John Osborne

  • Character: PHOEBE

  • Gender: Female

  • Style: Kitchen Sink Realism

  • Setting (TIME): late 1950s

  • Setting (PLACE): a music hall in England, and at Archie Rice’s (a failing music-hall performer) family house

  • Themes: the condition of post-Imperial Britain


2013 monologues 10

2013 Monologues10

  • Play: On The Harmfulness of Tobacco

  • Playwright: Anton Chekhov

  • Character: NYUKHIN

  • Gender: Male

  • Implied Style: Expressionism Realism / Farce

  • Setting (TIME): late 1800s

  • Setting (PLACE): set in a town hall in a small provinicial town where the main character is to give a lecture

  • Themes: Co-existence of comedy and tragedy, family relationships, marital discord, freedom, individuality


2013 monologues 11

2013 Monologues11

  • Play: Ruby Moon

  • Playwright: Matt Cameron

  • Character: SYLVIE

  • Gender: Female

    Mother, who is trying to cope with the disappearance of her child, Ruby

  • Implied Style: Theatre of the Absurd / Black Comedy / Gothic expressionism

  • Setting (TIME): present day

  • Setting (PLACE): set in picture perfect Flaming Tree Grove

  • Themes: Grief, losing a child, contemporary fear, suburban isolation and loneliness, innocence


2013 monologues 12

2013 Monologues12

  • Play: Tamburlaine the Great, Part One

  • Playwright: Christopher Marlowe

  • Character: TAMBURLAINE

  • Gender: Male

    A Scythian shepherd and a nomadic bandit who takes control of the Persian Empire

  • Implied Style: Elizabethan Drama

  • Setting (TIME): 1590s

  • Setting (PLACE): set around Ancient Wars and royalty in Persia, Egypt, Turkey and Babylon

  • Themes: Renaissance humanism, immense power, death, revenge, war, religious


2013 monologues 13

2013 Monologues13

  • Play: Tamburlaine the Great, Part One

  • Playwright: Christopher Marlowe

  • Character: ZENOCRATE

    Daughter of the Egyptian King who is wooed by Tamburlaine

  • Gender: Female

  • Implied Style: Elizabethan Drama

  • Setting (TIME): 1590s

  • Setting (PLACE): set around Ancient Wars and royalty in Persia, Egypt, Turkey and Babylon

  • Themes: Renaissance humanism, immense power, death, revenge, war, religious


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